On Wednesday, March 19, fifteen candidates to the office of a judge, who have in-service training in district courts, got acquainted with the Supreme Court.

Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, addressing prospective judges, paid the attention to the fact that the new judge, when putting judge’s robe on, becomes part of the court system, and fairness, efficiency and authority of the court system becomes responsibility of each judge. The Chief Justice stressed the points the attention of new judges should be put to, also from the point of view of judicial disciplinary liability and ethics.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court introduced place of the Supreme Court in the court system and reorganisation of the Supreme Court, and with work of the Board of Justice.

In its turn, the Division of Communication took the prospective judges to virtual guided tour to the web site of the Supreme Court, showing sections, where judges of district courts could find information, which might be useful in their work – case-law classifiers, collection of judgements of the European Court of Human Rights translated into Latvian language, compilations of topical rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union, information materials, conference reports, different studies, etc.  

At the end of the visit prospective judges watched video movie about history and today of the Senate, visited the museum of the Supreme Court and historical court room of the Senate.

Visit to the Supreme Court for candidates to the office of a judge was organised by the Judicial Training Centre within framework of training programme for prospective judges. Trainees to the office of the judge from Riga city Vidzeme suburb court, Zemgale suburb, Latgale suburb and Kurzeme district courts, Riga district court, Jelgava court, Jekabpils, Tukums, Dobele and Ogre district courts participate in the programme.


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211